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24 free things to do in San Francisco

Contrary to what you might expect from such a well known, tourist-heavy city, San Francisco quietly delivers a lot for the money. Many of its hotels offer comfort and location for a third of the cost of a comparable New York or London hotel; public transit is part of the fun (cheaper Market Street …

Love Road Trips? 8 Stunning USA Self-Drive Tours and Adventures

Road Trips

The 10 Best American Cities For Foodies

Travelers love to eat. That's why, every year in our Readers' Choice Survey, we ask our readers to rate the U.S. cities that have the best restaurants. This year, we were surprised by some of the winners in our Top 20. We think you will be too. Agree with their picks? Disagree? Want to see your …

15 only-in-America sights you’ll see on a Route 66 road trip

Historic Route 66 is the most famous road in America, thanks to Nat King Cole. The road, which stretches from Chicago to LA in a broad, meandering …

Best apps and sites to plan, record and share your trips

Dreaming up a trip is the easiest part of every journey. All you need is a working imagination. The other bits before you go? Not so easy, or so much fun. You’ve got to book tickets, worry about accommodation, work out budgets, apply for visas…then you’ve got to plan your itinerary. And what about …

20 Places Every American Should See

Think you know America's essential sights? Compare your past trips with our picks for 20 domestic destinations every citizen should visit—from pop …

Top Five Bargain Destinations for Summer 2014

In many places, prices rise with the temperature, but these hot spots offer cool savings this coming season. From a relaxed beach destination to a nonstop urban party, these destinations deliver plenty of wallet-friendly fun this summer.<p>I've monitored trends, industry news, and sale patterns to …

Q&A: Author on “People’s Republic of Amnesia”

Louisa Lim revisits Tiananmen, 25 years after the Chinese crackdown.<p>Twenty-five years after the Chinese government ordered the army to crack down on student-led protests in Tiananmen Square, Louisa Lim has written <i>The People's Republic of Amnesia</i>, a book that offers new vantage points on one of the …

New Orleans: School Night on Saint Claude

I like going to bars where I’m afraid of the people at the bar.<p>And I like going to bars where my feet stick to the floor.<p>I like ordering dinner from a lady with a skull tattoo on her ring finger who’s actually really cool, though I’m scared if I order the wrong thing she’ll cut me with the butcher …

15 Reasons New Girl Is the New Friends

Anyone who's read our December issue knows how seriously I take my holiday episodes. Watching last night's Turkey Day camping trip, I realized that <i>New Girl</i> has become the show whose Thanksgiving eps I most look forward to each year. Naturally, that made me think of the last great show to truly …

11 Must-Read Books to Add to Your Black Friday Shopping List

We know what you're thinking: Black Friday? (Enter traumatizing video of a Walmart mob trampling unsuspecting victims here.) No, thanks. Normally, we'd be right there with you and instead sitting on the couch and letting all of the Thanksgiving festivities (a.k.a. eating) sink in. But we can't help …

This Love Advice From a 101-Year-Old Woman Is Totally Amazing

Marian Cannon Schlesinger is 101 years old. She doesn't have to care about anything! Marian Cannon Schlesinger can do anything she wants, because she is 101 years old. She could spend her days stealing ice cream cones from children and then just throwing them into the garbage right in front of …

George Clooney's Rules for Living

No one does the fame thing like Clooney. He floats above it even as he uses it to embellish his influence. He understands his place in the pantheon even as he remains hidden from the inquisitive lens. He's the master.<p><b>You must love him.</b><p>For one thing, he's lovable, professionally so. For another, he …

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The 10 Best Books Of The Year (So Far), According To Amazon

Back in July, we wrote about Amazon editors' selections for best books that were released between January and June. Now, Amazon is back with an updated list of the Best Books of 2013 (so far).<p>Here are the top 10 books from this year, according to Amazon editors.<p>1. "<b>The Goldfinch"</b> by Donna Tartt: …

Man Proposes to Girlfriend with Custom-Made Children's Book

In an age of digital media and flash mobs, one hopeful husband-to-be opted to propose to his girlfriend through a custom-made children's book. Paul Phillips, aka ppaul9, planned weeks in advance to propose to his girlfriend Erika Ramos in a romantically creative way. He scoured the web for an …

Books

Pet-Friendly Travel is Next Niche to Join Luxury Market in the U.S.

Traveling with a pet can be time-consuming, frustrating, and expensive, and fewer U.S. travelers are planning to put up with the hassle and costs …

Three Brooklyn Teens Took This Incredible Bike Trip Across America

The boys, who play together in a jug band called The Easy Rollers, packed a travel-sized acoustic guitar, a cigar box fiddle, a harmonica, a camera, and other basic equipment and set off on a back road bike trip down the east coast and then out west to San Diego.<p>"Every day, we were seeing something …

Zoo Substitutes Dog for Lion, Patrons Miffed - Vagabondish

A Zoo in China has angered many of its customers after it was noticed that the animal in the lion enclosure is not an African Lion at all, but a …

6 bars for cult-level craft cocktails in Chicago

While the craft cocktail revival may not have begun in Chicago, the Windy City is perfecting it. Bold words, but for a city already known for being …

Upping the Weird Factor: The World's 10 Wackiest Hostels - Vagabondish

Traveling on a budget doesn’t mean your accommodation options need be stock-standard. If anything, cheap backpacker haunts can oftentimes prove far …

European Travel

Nkaitole's Bucket List

In an effort to raise awareness on the importance of clean water, Water is Life helps four-year-old Nkaitole check off the most adorable bucket list …

I Wanna Channing All Over Your Tatum

Going Channing on the Tatum makes the babies be born. Channing Tatum, Jamie Foxx, and Jimmy Kimmel debut the video for their latest, and only, single.

Face Mashups

Creepy doesn't begin to describe how Will Ferrell's face looks smeared over Natalie Portman's head. It's almost as disturbing as this Jennifer …

Beatbox Brilliance

Tom Thum has more talent in his voice box than most of us have in our whole body. Here's the Australian beat boxer giving a mind-blowing performance …

Jimmy Interviews Michael Jordan

There's some rumors swirling that this is actually just Kristen Wiig impersonating Michael Jordan, but it's just too close to call.

Matt Harvey Asks New Yorkers About Matt Harvey

He's the Mets ace, the starting pitcher for the National League's 2013 All-Star team, and was just featured in <i>ESPN The Magazine</i>'s Body Issue, but …

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Comics

The Only Brownie Recipe You'll Ever Need

It's hard to go wrong with a brownie recipe. When there's chocolate involved with sugar and butter, you almost just can't fail. But if you're looking for the best, most perfect, totally ultimate brownie recipe, then you have to be a little more discerning. You can't be too easily swayed with the …

10 Spectacular Hotels That Make Us Say Wow

• 1 |<p>Le Moulin Du Roc Hotel in France is simply a living fairytale, adorned in rich greenery that cascades like an emerald waterfall around peeping …

Freshome Hotel Review: Aris Caves in Oia, Santorini

I found Aris Caves via Trip Advisor, where it is ranked “#1 of 42 hotels in Oia”. I briefly eye-scanned some of the photos and instantly found myself …